Toni Boucher

Position
State Senator
District
26th District: Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wilton
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Committees
Education(co-chair); Transportation (co-chair); Banking (vice chair), Finance, Revenue and Bonding (vice chair); Legislative Management
Previous Positions
State Board of Education, Wilton Board of Selectmen, Wilton Board of Education, House of Representatives
Education
B.S., American University; M.B.A., University of Connecticut; B.A., University of South Dakota
Occupation
Business executive
Public Financing
Yes
Toni Boucher, a Republican, launched an exploratory campaign for governor in August 2013, but instead sought another term in the Senate in 2014. She did the same thing in 2018, when Republicans thinking of running in a statewide primary generally expressed loyalty to President Donald J. Trump, who did not carry her Senate district in 2016.

Boucher has a largely conservative voting record in the General Assembly, with some exceptions, including her support of a woman's right to an abortion and her vote for a law requiring hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. She also was one of six Republicans in the Senate to vote for the post-Newtown gun control law in 2013.

She was on the losing side of several high-profile issues in Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's first term as she voted against the repeal of the death penalty, a ban on discrimination against transsexuals, minimum-wage increases, a law requiring that certain private employers offer paid sick days, the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana and the legalization of the production and sale of marijuana for limited medical uses. Boucher also opposed a law allowing immigrants in the country illegally to obtain a Connecticut driver's license.

She backed an unsuccessful effort to require gun owners to report stolen firearms. She opposed restricting junk foods in schools and requiring restaurants to list calorie counts on menus.

Boucher was born in Italy, emigrating to the U.S. at age 5. She represents one of the richest districts in Connecticut, but she was raised in blue-collar Naugatuck. She announce her exploratory effort there in a gazebo on the green across from public buildings her father cleaned as a janitor.

She is the director of the educational and research arm of Commonfund, a non-profit fund manager for 1,500 educational, nonprofit and health care institutions.

She is married and the mother of three. She and her husband, Bud, live in Wilton.
Election history
Boucher won an open Senate seat in 2008, succeeding Republican Judith Freeman. She had previously won six terms in House, beginning in 1996.
Most recent election
Toni Boucher R 34627
Carolanne Curry D 22898
Financial disclosure
In a Statement of Financial Interest filed in 2014, Boucher reported outside income from Commonfund. Her husband held stock in GE, AT&T and Tesoro Enterprises.
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